Head coach Dennis Bohn and Lafayette are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Nov. 12, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — 2012 Patriot League Men’s Soccer champion Lafayette (9-7-4) will visit Virginia Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced Monday during the Selection Show on NCAA.com. The match is set for 1:30 p.m. at Virginia’s Klockner Stadium.
The Leopards, who are coming off a 2-0 victory over No. 1 seed and host American in the championship of the Patriot League Tournament, earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with their seventh League title and first since 2005.
The Lafayette-Virginia winner will advance to visit No. 13 seed New Mexico Sunday in the second round, with the match set for 9 p.m.
The Cavaliers (9-6-4) earned an at-large berth to the postseason after playing to a pair of draws in the ACC Tournament. Virginia tied Wake Forest 2-2 in the quarterfinals and moved on 5-3 on penalty kicks before going to a scoreless draw with North Carolina in the semifinals. The Tar Heels advanced in kicks.
The Cavaliers are a perennial postseason participant, having made their 32nd consecutive NCAA field, the longest active streak in Division I soccer.
Patriot League NCAA Tournament Quick Hits
• Lafayette’s 2012 Patriot League championship is its League-leading seventh. The Leopards also own the most NCAA appearances. This year’s will be their fifth.
• Lafayette picked up a first-round win in 1995 over Cornell in the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. Since then Lafayette has lost four straight, including a 3-0 decision to Creighton in its last trip in 2005.
• Lafayette is one of four League teams to advance beyond the NCAA’s first round, joining American, Bucknell and Lehigh. The Bison were the last League team to post an NCAA win when they defeated Princeton 1-0 in the 2009 first round.
• The Leopards are the second straight No. 2 seed to win the Patriot League Tournament. They’re now 8-0-2 all-time in the tournament as the second seed, and have won four of their seven championships from that position.
• Lafayette and Virginia have combined to go unbeaten in their last 13. The Leopards are riding a seven-match unbeaten streak (4-0-3), including three straight wins, while the Cavaliers are 3-0-3 in their last six.
• Opponents have gone scoreless over the last 466:27 against the Lafayette defense and goalkeeper Nathan McDonald, who was named Patriot League Tournament MVP last weekend.
• Lafayette is tied for the most team shutouts in the League with eight, while the club’s 0.95 goals-against average is third.
Patriot League NCAA Tournament Preview
FIRST ROUND – THURSDAY – KLÖCKNER STADIUM, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
Lafayette Leopards (9-7-4, 3-1-3 Patriot League) at Virginia Cavaliers (9-6-4, 3-4-1 ACC), 1:30 p.m.
LAST MEETING First Meeting LAFAYETTE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT 1-4-0
LAST LAFAYETTE NCAA WIN 2-0 (OT) over Cornell (1995 First Round)
PL IN NCAA TOURNAMENT 7-16-3 LAST PL NCAA WIN Bucknell, 1-0 over Princeton (2009 First Round)
LAFAYETTE It was an all-around effort for the Leopards in their championship run through the 2012 Patriot League Tournament ... Alec Golini scored his seventh of the season, including his third game-winner, to lift Lafayette to a 1-0 win over Colgate in the semifinals ... Kyle Scharfenberg scored in the first half and Peter Adubato added insurance in the second in the Leopards’ 2-0 win over No. 1 seed American to capture the 2012 championship ... Lafayette is 8-0-2 all-time as the tournament’s No. 2 seed ... The Leopards are meeting Virginia on the pitch for the first time ... League teams are 0-2 against the ACC this season, with both matchups coming against top-ranked Maryland ... Colgate fell 2-0 in College Park Oct. 16, and Lehigh lost 2-1 a week later ... Lafayette went 1-0-1 against Lafayette and 1-0 versus Lehigh this season ... Thursday will mark the fifth time a Patriot League team has challenged Virginia in the NCAA Tournament ... The Cavaliers won the four previous meetings, defeating Lehigh in 2000 (5-0), American in 2004 (2-1), Bucknell in 2006 (4-0) and Bucknell in 2009 (5-0) ... The Patriot League is 1-9 all-time against the ACC in the tournament ... Lafayette has clinched its 12th straight winning season under head coach Dennis Bohn ... The Leopards are one of 12 Division I men’s soccer programs with a streak at least that long ... Golini is tied with Colgate’s Mike Reidy, the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with seven goals ... He three game-winning tallies are also tied for first with Reidy ... Golini’s 15 points are tied for fourth in the League ... Nathan McDonald was named Patriot League Tournament MVP after stopping three shots in the semifinal win over Colgate and two more in Sunday’s victory against American ... He’s posted back-to-back shutouts, giving him a League-leading eight on the season ... McDonald’s current shutout streak stands at 466:27, stretching back to a 2-2 draw against Colgate Oct. 20 ...
POTENTIAL SECOND ROUND MATCHUP The Lafayette-Virginia winner heads west to battle No. 13 seed New Mexico Sunday at 9 p.m. ... The Lobos earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament after claiming the regular season championship of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) and hosting the conference tournament ... New Mexico tied Air Force 1-1 in the championship match but lost the penalty kicks 5-4 ... The Lobos are 16-3-1 overall ... Army was the only Patriot League team to face a MPSF team in 2012 ... The Black Knights won 3-0 over eventual champion Air Force Aug. 25.